5 August 1868
MBL, the elder of two children, was born at 11 George Street
, in lodgings, since her mother
had returned from France for the birth but her grandmother
did not want it to take place in her house.
MBL scored a slowly registering hit with The Lodger
, coolly received at first but later the best-known of her novels, which is set in 1880s London
and relates a mystery not unlike that of the notorious Jack the Ripper.
MBL's book about her brother
's early years, The Young Hilaire Belloc
, appeared posthumously in the USA
(edited by her daughter Elizabeth Iddesleigh
). It was never published in England.